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  • Are you concerned about the effects of sea level rise or storm surge?
    Are you looking for a unique way to promote a business or organization?
    Would you like to Honor a loved one?
    Do you want to help support In-field Environmental Education?
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Restoration and Preservation of COASTAL DUNES by Citizen Volunteers

A 2019 report by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) classifies 21.3 miles of the Broward County coastline as critically eroded. Since the 1960’s, the beaches have been managed through ongoing beach nourishment projects to protect the shoreline. 

Historically, these projects have favored restoring broad beaches for recreational purposes without much attention to the restoration of dunes. Because sand dunes populated with native vegetation act as natural buffers that protect the shoreline and adjacent properties from the effects of sand inundation or erosion, extreme storm events, and sea level rise, Broward County has committed to increasing the presence of dunes from 60% to 80%, making dune restoration an essential part of coastal resilience and the beach nourishment process.

Become Part of the Solution with 
Adopt a Dune™

Sand dunes serve an important purpose by protecting beachfront property and inland areas from coastal water intrusion.

They are able to absorb the impact and protect inland areas from high energy storms and act as a resilient barrier to the destructive forces of wind and waves while at the same stabilize the beach....

Are you looking for a unique way to promote a business or organization?

Adopting a dune has many benefits for your company. Current clients will see your company is environmentally conscious and doing something proactive about it. They will also see the opportunity to promote teamwork as well.

Another huge benefit is that potential clients can be found by the plaque that will be on your dune conveying your company’s commitment to protecting the coastlines.

You Can Honor a Loved One

Planting sea oats is an appropriate way to honor the memory of your loved ones. This is a meaningful way to show you care and help restore and protect the coastal dune system. Along with each order of plants, a certificate is mailed to the recipient with a personal message.

You Can Support In-Field Environmental 
Education

Youth Environmental Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit located in Broward County. YEA started restoring dunes in their community in 2013 and were awarded a competitive National Fish and Wildlife Federation (NFWF) grant to further support their work in 2014. In 2016, YEA partnered with HandsOn Broward to create...

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Vision
Through partnerships with our communities, Adopt a Dune™ will be the facilitator of a continuous dune system along the entire Florida coast and beyond.
Mission
By building a continuous healthy dune system, Adopt a Dune™ will create a sustainable and resilient coastline.

The Adopt a Dune™ portal and the volunteer based model, will encourage, educate and facilitate the restoration and protection of our coastline.
Guiding Principles
The Adopt a Dune™ volunteer based service model believes in engaging the community through outreach and education. The opportunity to be part of the solution will create an environment where a sense of ownership enhances the goal of successfully protecting our shoreline.
The Team
Lee Gottlieb:
Pixie dust spreader
Shawn Atkinson:
i.t. guy
Debra Chiet:
content expert
Debbie Diamond:
overviewer
Raymond Wienand:
the web guy
Jason McCaffery:
drone operator
Doug Young:
schmoozer
Clif Lundberg:
the guy with an image
Paola Pinedo:
picture taker
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